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Lend a Hand to Stop Elder Abuse & Neglect
Protecting Vulnerable Texans from Self-Neglect: This video produced by Adult Protective Services illustrates the problem of self-neglect.
[Read more about this APS client.]
Elder Abuse is Everyone's Business
As the population of elderly Texans grows every year so does the number of those swindled out of their life savings. Often it's by the people they trust the most.
May is Elder Abuse Prevention Month. It’s a good reminder for all Texans to look out for and to help those in our communities who are elderly or have disabilities. After all, it’s everyone’s business to stop adult abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
“I think that a lot of people may not realize that one of the most common situations APS encounters is adults who are neglecting themselves,” said Beth Engelking, DFPS assistant commissioner for Adult Protective Services. “When people with disabilities or the elderly become ill or depressed, sometimes they can no longer care for themselves. Sometimes they quit trying. That's when others need to step in.”
APS is joining with many community, civic, and professional groups during May to raise awareness and understanding about adult abuse and neglect through conferences, presentations, and other events.
[Read More: Lend a Hand to Stop Elder Abuse & Neglect]
Spread the Word
The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) Adult Protective Services (APS) Program created this site for interested individuals and groups in Texas communities.
Please feel free to copy the files on this site. If you would like to use the information, please credit DFPS by citing: “Provided by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Adult Protective Services.”
Featured Prevention Resource
Financial Exploitation: If It's Not Your Money, It's A Crime.
Financial exploitation is the illegal or improper use of another person’s money or property for personal profit or gain. Financial exploitation of adults who are elderly or disabled is an increasing problem and protecting them from becoming victims is everyone’s business.